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Term 1 - 30th September 2021

In Year 5, we have been working on our new English learning journey, based on the story, ‘Armstrong: The Adventurous Journey of a Mouse to the Moon’. The children have been learning about casual conjunctions and relative clauses, which will help them write their memoirs. They have been working hard in maths, learning all about place value within a million. We have been extremely creative in art, using different methods of drawing, including nib and ink. We had a visit from the Olympic wheelchair gold medallist, Aaron Phipps, who was inspirational. As we continue with our swimming programme over the term, it has been great to see the children making progress and building confidence in the pool.  

Role Models: Ruby N, William B, Lowen, James H, Lola, Taiya, Frankie, Ronnie K

Summer Reading Challenge: Laura, Anja, Maddie, Jasmine, William B, Olivia WS, Ellie J, Emily B, Oliver H


Term 1 - 17th September 2021

All the Year 5 adults have been very impressed with the way the children have risen to the challenge of Upper Key Stage 2.  They are demonstrating and already building upon the independence skills they learnt in Year 4.  For our traditional tale this year, we read and explored ‘The Dragon of Krakow’ which the children wrote their own versions of as well as creating some fantastic artwork in response.  They also had the opportunity to make a dragon's egg which will be coming home soon - please let us know if any hatch.  On Wednesday this week, the children were very excited to have their assessment swimming session and are keen to begin swimming towards future Olympic medals.

Role Models: Joshua, Imogen, Jacob, Ellie J, Jamaika


Term 6 - 19th July 2021

What an end to Year 5! This year has gone so fast and we are all extremely sad to say our goodbyes next week. We've ended the year making our fabulous bridge prototypes in DT, and the children have written alternative endings for ‘The Lady of Shalott’. Can I take this opportunity, on behalf of the Year 5 team, to thank all of you for your support during the past year. You have a fabulous bunch of children and we are so proud of everything they have achieved this year. Have a lovely summer break!

Role Models: Luke H, Maya, Danny, Rhylie, Savannah, Zack, Lily S, Cooper L

Term 6 - 6th July 2021


Year 5 have had a great few weeks! Our sports day went ahead and the children were fabulous. Everyone tried exceptionally hard and put in their all. The black team were the winners overall and enjoyed their treat of an extra 15 minutes playtime. The winners of the relay went to Class 17 who were so happy as it was their first ever win - way to go Class 17! During English, the children have learnt and recited the poem 'The Lady of Shalott'. We have watched these back and critiqued them - a lot of mixed responses as you can imagine (they didn't particularly enjoy watching them back!). We are now focusing on creating our own YouTube style videos in computing. 

Role Models: Sky, Jaydon, Izzy, Will, Jacob D, Lily R, Charlie, Jacob, Cooper L, Harry, Bella B, Corey G

Year 5 Sports Day - 22nd June 2021

All of the Year 5 children did superbly during their sports day event this morning! They all showed great determination and enthusiasm. The boys and girls took part in 3 events: shuttle run, throwing at a target and an obstacle course.

The children all cheered on their team colour and by a tiny margin of 0.5, the winners were the black team who will get a little treat on Friday!


In true Mendip Green tradition, the Year 5 sports day finished with the long awaited class relay. It was extremely close but Class 17 took the win, claiming victory for the first time as a class!


Well done to all of Year 5! You showed great team spirit. We are all so proud of you for cheering one another on and how impeccably behaved you were!


What a fantastic start to Mendip Green's sporting season.

Term 5 - 27th May 2021

Year 5 have had an enjoyable week writing their ‘Beowulf’ stories! They have all strived to produce their very best (a copy will be sent home on Friday). The children are looking forward to studying the Vikings next term and are already asking questions about this topic. They have finished this term's geography - do ask them about the Equator, the Greenwich Meridian and the Tropics!

Have a lovely break - we can't wait to see you for the final term!

Role Models: Tasniah, Brooklyn, Jo, Emily G, Bradley, Milly, Luke, Ruby S, Summer P, Sophie, Ruby D, Max P

Term 5 - 13th May 2021

We've had a busy few weeks in Year 5. Our Anglo-Saxon topic is now underway and the Year 5 children have enjoyed learning about their justice system this week. The children are enthusiastic about planning their ‘Beowulf’ stories; they have some fabulous ideas which they can't wait to share with you (think swamp-living monsters and forest lairs)! Animals and their habitats is our science topic. We know all about life cycles and this week are looking at how plants reproduce.

Role Models: Kaitlyn, William V, Leighton, Hollie, Harry S, Jacob D,  Clai, JJ, Evie, Max R, Ellie, Alyssia


Term 5 - 29th April 2021

What a start to Term 5 we have had! We kicked off this term looking at the Anglo-Saxons in history. The Year 5 children are loving looking at different maps with Mrs Hopkins. If you have any old maps that you are not using, please could you send them in for us to look at? We are enjoying the gruesome Anglo-Saxon tale of Beowulf. Even though it is a little gory in parts, it tells the story of a heroic man and his adventure to save the town of the Danes! 

Role Models: Bella, Sophia, Cooper L, Emily G, Layla, Ollie


Term 4 - 31st March 2021

We have had a brilliant final few weeks of learning to end Term 4. All of the children have been super these last few weeks and we have loved having them back! Our term has ended with some lovely art work and some fabulous pieces of writing. Thank you for all of your support this term and for being so patient with everything. Have a well deserved break; you and the children deserve it!

Have a Hoppy Easter and an Eggscellent break! 

Role Models: Maddie, Daisy, Ruby W, Paige, Freya, Oliver R, Dotty, Isabella D, Max, Daniel H

Ewan, Jamie

Term 4 - 18th March 2021

What a week we have had in Year 5! The children have returned to school with a spring in their step and were so happy to be reunited with their friends. We cannot get over how much taller and more grown up they are! The children who were in school during lockdown have found it strange having to share tables again but they are so pleased that we have a full class. They have written their biographies this week and it has been so interesting reading them all. The thought and effort gone into these is remarkable and so humbling! We are continuing our Jon Burgerman theme in art and listen out for the children humming or possibly singing a well known TV tune in the upcoming weeks; this will be our music focus! 🙂 

Role Models: Chloe, Macie, Matthew, Summer B, Alfie F, Layla, Lily R


A Message to Our Year 5 Children and Families - 2nd March 2021

We are so looking forward to welcoming all of the Year 5 children back to school on 8th March - we can't wait to see you.

Click the link below to see a video message from Mrs Poole.

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A Message From The Year 5 Team - 14th April 2020

Hello Year 5,

We are sorry we didn't get the chance to see you all in the last week of school and so we are so very grateful to be able to send you this message. We hope that you are all happy, healthy and enjoying what ever activities you are getting up to at home. How many of you were able to see the International Space Station in the night sky at the end of March? What a way to finish our Year 5 Space topic! While we were looking up in the night sky, it made us think of you and the wonderful adventures of Armstrong. In these times when we are not at school, it is great to have so many lovely memories of you all from our year so far. 

We are still chatting about all things Year 5 and wondering what amazing things you are doing to keep yourselves busy. It has been fantastic to see some of your smiling faces on the ELAN and Mendip Green pages showing us what you are getting up to at home.

Make sure you take care of yourselves and your families. Stay safe. We look forward to seeing you all soon. 


The Year 5 Team

Class 16

Hello Class 16. 

I am so happy to be sending a message to you, as I did not get the chance to see everyone in the last week of school. I miss teaching you so much, and am looking forward to seeing you all again. When I am not in school, I am spending time lots of time with my daughter to keep her busy. We have been reading books, doing schoolwork, playing Just Dance and she has even been teaching me some of her hip-hop dances (I am not very good but it makes us both laugh).

Please stay safe and enjoy this extra time with everyone at home.


See you soon,

Miss Smith.

Class 17

Hi Class 17. 

We are missing seeing you all every day. We are sure you are keeping yourselves busy and that you have been making memories with your families. Hopefully you have been able to enjoy the sunshine, go for walks and ride bikes and play as much as you want. It's been lovely seeing some of you at school the last few weeks, especially trying to teach us dances and beating us at board games. How many more of you have also played new games or learnt a new dance during your time away from school?

When we aren't at school, we've been with our little families in the garden, reading stories and playing endless games. 

We can't wait to see you back at Mendip Green soon. 


Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Horwood and Mrs Parkins

Class 18

Hi Class 18. I am definitely missing you all and hoping we will all be back together soon! Bumblebee has been keeping me company at home - she’s just beginning to explore outside and keeps trying to escape through the cat flap at midnight! I think she’s a little fed up of having me at home to be honest!

I‘m looking forward to seeing you all back in Class 18. In the meantime, make sure you’re looking after yourselves and those around you.


See you soon,

Miss Winter

Term 4 - 27th February 2020

Year 5 are extremely excited by their new text ‘Armstrong’.  We are investigating the development of space travel especially the exploration of the moon.  This line of enquiry complements our current science topic where we are learning about the phases of the moon. 

Despite the wet weather, the children who took part in their first Bikeability session were enthusiastic and eager to share their experiences with their class.  The other children who have signed up are very much looking forward to their turn. 

ROLE MODELS: Matthew L, Harry O, Bradley, Archie O, Jess C, Sharna, Richard, Gracie L, Alex, Lucy

Term 3 - 16th January 2020

Year 5 have returned very excited about our new Topic 'Into the Unknown'. We have already started exploring the solar system and the children are very keen, posing challenging questions for us to explore and discover the unknown. We are currently using our scientific knowledge in our English writing, compiling non-fiction reports about planets. We look forward to sharing more of our learning throughout this term.

ROLE MODELS: Chloe, Harrison B, Harrison A, Leilani, Mali, Sam P, Taylor, Hollie A, Barnaby, Emilia 

Term 2 - 28th November 2019

Year 5 have enjoyed completing their own versions of ‘The Sea-Wolf’ to complete our English unit of work on ‘Beowulf.’  The children have been very imaginative in their stories and have selected some fantastic vocabulary choices to complement the Anglo-Saxon period.  To accompany our current Geography focus on mountains, our English learning has now taken the focus of biography writing as we look at the lives and achievements of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.  Please ask the children why we have chosen to study the lives of these two inspirational individuals.  

ROLE MODELS: Oliver S, Tilly, Oscar W, Kieran, Will, Kellie, Stanley, Honey, Max G, Samuel W, Carter, Barnaby, Charleigh, Grace, Zac 

Term 2 - 14th November 2019

Year 5 have returned to school very enthusiastic about our new learning on the Vikings. The children are very excited to learn about the Viking longships and some children have already started to research them at home. We have looked at the book 'Maths Curse' this week as part of the school maths week. The children have had an amazing time solving mathematical problems that present themselves in everyday life. Be sure to ask them how many M&Ms it would take to make a 4,000km line!

ROLE MODELS: Hollie, Alex, Jacob, Kyla, Shauna, Oscar E 

Term 1 - 22nd October 2019

Year 5 have enjoyed continuing learning about Anglo Saxons through their ‘Invade and Conquer’ topic.  They are currently writing their own version of ‘Beowulf’ which they are thoroughly enjoying.  It has been fantastic to see their enthusiasm and creativity reflected in their stories.  Next term we look forward to exploring the Viking period as the next stage of our ‘Invade and Conquer’ topic.

ROLE MODELS: Hetty, Archie H, Jessica W, Dylan, Oliver M, Gracie, Rhiannon S, Matthew, Feenix, Sharna, Mia, Jess C, Alfie, Zac, Barnaby, Emilia, Euan, Colby 

Term 1 - 10th October 2019

Year 5 are continuing to enjoy our ‘Invade and Conquer’ topic, looking closely at the structure of daily life, and how Britain was organised into the 7 Kingdoms during Anglo-Saxon times. We are continuing our work on the story of ‘Beowulf,’ where we have looked in-depth at the two main characters Beowulf and Grendel. We are looking forward to writing our own stories about overcoming the monster in the next few weeks. 

Term 1 - 26th September 2019

Year 5 have had a very exciting week to begin our 'Invade and Conquer' topic. We have been lucky enough to borrow a handling box from Weston Museum containing lots of replica artefacts for the children to explore. It has ignited many lines of enquiry within the children that we hope to pursue during our exploration of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings. A small group of Year 5 children have also started their visits to Acer House as part of this year's intergenerational project with Alive. The children had an amazing time and came back to school very excited about their future sessions. Their behaviour was impeccable and they were great ambassadors for our school. We look forward to bringing you more updates as this project continues.

Term 1 - 12th September 2019

We have had an exciting start to the year. The children in Class 17 have begun their swimming lessons at Hutton Moor and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Thank you to everyone for supplying us with plastic and cardboard. The children are really excited to complete our Dragon Art Project following our work on the Polish tale, ‘The Dragon of Krakow.’ Over the next few weeks, we look forward to starting our first topic 'Invade and Conquer', studying The Anglo-Saxons, Vikings and mountains.